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Recent Guest Speakers and Presenters

July residency always brings an exciting array of guests to campus, who enrich and inform our learning experiences. This summer we were honored to welcome the following guest presenters to the Lesley PhD in Educational Studies community.

Bill Henderson– Bill Henderson was an educator in the Boston Public Schools for 36 years. He was appointed principal of the Patrick O’Hearn Elementary School in 1989 with a mandate to develop an inclusive program, and he remained its leader for 20 years. Bill joined us on July 26th to discuss his inspirational book, The Blind Advantage: How going blind made me a stronger principal and how including children with disabilities made our school better for everyone. In the book Bill tells the story of his journey into blindness and how he learned the key qualities for his role as school leader. His determination and sensitivity allowed him to better organize and collaborate. And his vision and sense of humor showed him how to imagine possibilities and achieve what others thought was impossible. “You should get out of education,” was one piece of advice that the young Bill Henderson heard. He stayed in education and made a difference in the lives of so many children, and how he has integrated the arts for all children with the help of VSA Massachusetts. Thanks to the Creativity Commons for sponsoring this event. Listen to an interview with Bill.

Joseph McDonald – As the 2012 Ralph W. Tyler Distinguished Scholar, Joe delivered his presentation to the Educational Leadership specialization, titled,  “ Leading While Reforming: The Ethical Obligation to Destroy, Construct and Connect” on July 25th.  He is Professor of Teaching and Learning, at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development at New York University, where he coordinates secondary program areas in the Department of Teaching and Learning, and teaches in the English Education program area.   He is the author or co-author of nine books about teaching and school reform – including Going Online with Protocols: New Tools for Teaching and Learning (Teachers College Press, 2012), Going to Scale with New School Designs: Reinventing High School (Teachers College Press, 2009), and The Power of Protocols (Teachers College Press, 2003, 2007, 2013).  His forthcoming book, Cities and their Schools (University of Chicago Press, under contract), is based on research funded by the Annenberg and Spencer Foundations on the last 15 years of school reform in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, and the Bay Area.

McDonald was the founder of NYU’s school partnership project which involves close relationships with 22 schools in the Lower East Side, East Harlem, and the South Bronx.  He co-leads the NYU EXCEL Academy, which teaches philosophy and writing to aspiring college students from the South Bronx; and he is Director of the Metro Learning Communities Project at NYU’s Metropolitan Center for Urban Education.

In addition, many thanks to Brigit McCallum and Tom Harvey for spending time working in the Adult Learning and Development specialization classrooms.



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